Today I went to pick up two of my third grade students. I opened the door to the first classroom and the student came out and began talking with me as we walked down the hall. As I entered the second room, the student looked at me with a look that said I don’t really want to come with you. But, he grabbed his clipboard and walked to the door.
Once in the hallway, he asked, “Can we do a fun activity?”
I replied, “We have work to do?”
“If we finish our work, can we do my special activity?”
“Maybe if we have time.”
We made it to my classroom and sat around the table. I handed the passage to the students to reread. Once finished reading, I showed them the chart that they were to fill out to compare the two animals that we had read about. To my surprise, both students worked quickly and completed the activity with ease.
My student looked at me and asked, “Now can we do my special activity?”
“Yes we can,” I replied.
He reached for his clipboard and pulled out a piece of paper and put it face down in front of himself. He repeated this process for me and and the other student, saying, “Leave it face down.”
Once finished, he told us to turn the papers over. He had brought us each a word search and written our name at the top. He wanted us to complete the word search together. And so we did. I quickly finished and both students were amazed that I had finished so fast.
This small gesture by this particular student brought a smile to my face and made my morning. I had thought that this student did not enjoy our group time together. I was wrong. I am grateful for the relationship I have built with this student and look forward to seeing his smile the next time I come to the door.